JACK Ross could be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, after damaging an ankle on Saturday.

The right-back suffered ankle ligament damage in a tackle on Harpal Singh in the first-half of Saturday's defeat.

And boss Neale Cooper revealed: "He's left the ground on crutches and it looks like he's damaged his ankle ligaments.

"We will have to wait until Monday to see the extent of the damage, but Jack is in some pain.''

Ross was given a torrid time by Singh, on loan at Stockport from Leeds. Ross was yellow carded for the foul which led to his injury and team-mate Eifion Williams was also yellow carded for a foul on the winger.

Ross was replaced by Micky Barron as the first-half came to a close and Cooper said: "Micky did well when he came on.

"He showed spirit and helped us going forward as well - but the damage had been done by then."

It was Barron's first game since December 4 and the defender, who played in Chris Turner's first game for Pool in 1999, admitted: "It wasn't the best of games to come on.

"Looking on from the bench, I thought we were sloppy in the first-half.

"We gave the ball away too much and never really got going, which is so unlike our lads.

"It's not the best situation to come on when the lads are not playing well.

"Jack has been fantastic since he came here and it's not nice when you are replacing someone who is badly injured like he was, but you've got to take your chance. If I get an opportunity now, it is up to me to make the most of it and make sure I stay in there.''

* A Pool team will meet Irish champions Shelbourne at Billingham Town tomorrow (2pm).

* The game at Hull a week tomorrow is all-ticket for away fans. Pool have been allocated almost 1,300 seats and tickets are on sale to season ticket holders until Thursday.

* Former Pool midfielder Tommy Widdrington has left Port Vale and signed for Ryman Premier League Salisbury City.